New House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown has brought a deliberate vibe to the fiscal-minded committee.
The Crawfordsville Republican starts every meeting with a moment of silent reflection.
Afterward, he points to a jar of money sitting in front of him as the penalty jar for cell phones. At that point lobbyists all around the room -- and a few lawmakers -- can be seen reaching for their devices and setting it to silent.
"Good, that's the way it's supposed to work," Brown says.
Every once in a while a phone goes off and someone drops a dollar into the jar. Brown also gives the money to a local charity every few weeks.
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